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  1. Screening for Gestational Diabetes - Topic Overview

    Early detection Experts debate whether all pregnant women need to be tested for gestational diabetes. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found insufficient evidence to recommend screening women with no risk factors for gestational diabetes. 1 But most doctors routinely test all pregnant women who are in their care. The American Diabetes Association recommends all women who are not ...

  2. Type 1 Diabetes - Medications

    People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day because their pancreas does not produce it. Insulin helps blood sugar (glucose) enter the body's cells to be used for energy.

  3. Diabetic Nephropathy - Health Tools

    Use these diabetic nephropathy health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

  4. Diabetic Retinopathy - Treatment Overview

    There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However, laser treatment (photocoagulation) is usually very effective at preventing vision loss if it is done before the retina has been severely damaged.

  5. Type 1 Diabetes - Other Treatment

    People who have type 1 diabetes need to avoid products that promise a 'cure.' None exists. They also need to avoid products for diabetes that are advertised by testimonials without a sound medical basis.

  6. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Prevention

    Learn ways to help prevent complications from type 1 diabetes in children.

  7. Diabetic Nephropathy - Topic Overview

    Diabetic nephropathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar.

  8. Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living With the Disease - Symptoms

    Learn the symptoms of low and high blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes.

  9. Diabetic Retinopathy - What Happens

    Diabetic retinopathy begins as a mild disease. During the early stage of the disease, the small blood vessels in the retina become weaker and develop small bulges called microaneurysms. These microaneurysms are the earliest signs of retinopathy.

  10. Diabetes Guide - Cause

    During pregnancy, an organ called the placenta develops in the uterus. The placenta connects the mother and baby and makes sure the baby has enough food and water. It also makes several hormones. Some of these hormones make it hard for insulin to do its job-controlling blood sugar-so the mother's body has to make more insulin to work well. Gestational diabetes develops when the organ that makes ..

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